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Best Restaurants 2011: The Turkish Table

Best Restaurants 2011: The Turkish Table

How could there be just 2,000 Turks in Northeast Ohio and a 300 percent increase in Turkish restaurants in the past 12 months? Credit Yashar Yildirim and his pioneering Anatolia Cafe, open since 2007 in Cleveland Heights.

Bites Nearby: Anatolia Cafe: The restaurant offers a taste of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine and a sidewalk patio

Bites Nearby: Anatolia Cafe: The restaurant offers a taste of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine and a sidewalk patio

Dining al fresco is a concept we Clevelanders need to be re-introduced to every spring, especially after a felonious winter battering like the one we took over the past few months. So when you’re finally ready to relinquish your fleece-lined mittens and emerge, you might want to consider dining al fresco at the Anatolia Café on Lee Road.

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Anatolia Cafe: Turkish cuisine rules at this Cleveland Heights hotspot

Anatolia Cafe: Turkish cuisine rules at this Cleveland Heights hotspot

Cleveland's culinary rise has been long coming. But it finally arrived in 2008, with the opening of Anatolia. Hey, what's a scene without Turkish cuisine? Even better, a Turkish Happy Hour. Yes, Anatolia serves up $5 martinis, $2.50 beers and $4 wines. But you won't find its $5 small plates anywhere else. OK, maybe the hummus and falafel. But not sigara borek. The crispy pastry dough filled with feta cheese and parsley is still a hit throughout the Balkans almost a century after the Ottoman empire collapsed. I can see why, in between bites and sips of my sangria. Turkish cuisine rules! Happy factor: 4 olives out of 5

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Anatolia Cafe: Bringing tasty Turkish flavor to town

Anatolia Cafe: Bringing tasty Turkish flavor to town

It's a family-friendly restaurant bringing a long-overlooked ethnic cuisine to Cleveland. It's a chic cocktail wine bar with an extensive beer and wine list. It's a sophisticated eatery that caters to both an ethnic crowd and non-Turks alike. In fact, it's all of these.

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